Making her own ice packs helps breast cancer patients

Betsy Medrano has spent her entire nursing career at Memorial, caring for women. Really caring. “I was unhappy with the ice packs,” she said. “They weren’t cold enough. Then I read that Advanced Dawn dishwashing soap, the concentrated gel, freezes and stays cold.” So, in search of a better way to comfort her `Ohana breast-biopsy patients, Betsy bought some Dawn and made her own. She sewed soft and colorful flannel sleeves for each pack. When a patient, a fellow Memorial employee, found out it was Betsy who made them, she wanted to help. “When she returned with an apple box full of flannel covers—900 of them—the thoughtfulness of her caring for women who have to go through this brought tears to my eyes. Her quilting group has brought more than 1,500 of them so far.”

“Now two years later when I noticed a group of ladies in our lobby waiting to present a donation check, I wanted to thank them and ask if they were the ones who had made the ice pack covers and they said, ‘No, what ice pack covers?’ So I told them the story and they also wanted to help. The whole staff and volunteers are now involved in this simple act of compassion that gives so much comfort to so many.” We are grateful for the generosity of our community, shown in hundreds of ways like this, all year long.

Note:  a screening (routine) mammogram is only 15 to 30 minutes out of your day.  And every Friday, from 2:30 – 5:30 pm at ‘Ohana, you don’t even need an appointment; walk-ins are most welcome.

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6 year old with Arthrogryposis Amyoplasia takes first steps!

An amazing success story

This is Orlando, or as he likes to be called “OJ”.  He is 6 years old and goes to elementary school in Wapato.  He was born with Arthrogryposis Amyoplasia.  Sometimes in therapy at Children’s Village, huge success moments happen…and Orlando recently had one of these moments!

When OJ was born, his ankles and wrists were curved from his condition. His mom was told from several specialists that he would never walk on his own. At just three days old, he began a series of casting to straighten his legs. His knees were also contracted. OJ started at Children’s Village as a baby and was also seen for physicial therapy in his home.

OJ had surgery on his knees this past summer in another attempt to straighten his legs. As a follow-up to this recent surgery, he was back at Children’s Village for physical therapy. It was there at Children’s Village on November 30, at the age of 6, that OJ took his very first independent steps! His therapist and parents could not believe it! His mom kept saying…” I can’t believe it, they said he would never walk!” All the while, his therapist was doing her best to catch OJ who was walking all over the room, not listening because he was so excited to be walking!

An amazing success story, made possible by one very determined little boy, his family, his health care providers and Children’s Village.  This is one of many success stories that occur because of your support of programs at Children’s Village.  Thank you!


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Honoring a veteran

The palliative care staff had the privilege of honoring one of our patients for his service in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Patriotism ran high, as did emotions, during a special ceremony to formally thank Ken Mitzel for his service to our country. He served as a radar tracking specialist who identified airplanes at McChord Air Force Base, Vietnam, and Fort Fisher, North Carolina. Leading the ceremony and pinning Mr. Mitzel with a special “We Honor Veterans” pin was hospice volunteer Gil Calac, who is also a Vietnam Veteran. Mr. Mitzel’s family looked on proudly as he was thanked for his service to our nation, for the sacrifices he made, and his willingness to serve our country. This pin will serve as a reminder that his service to the nation is deeply appreciated.

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Racing for a Cure Car Show

Thank you Team Midnight Racing for hosting their 3rd annual Racing for a Cure Car Show and Meet and making an impact locally for cancer patients. With over 1,500 new diagnosis a year in the Yakima valley, North Star Lodge Cancer Care Center provides exceptional and compassionate care.

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Can you help others stay healthy in Yakima?

The gift of health. Families from all walks of life attend the scores of healthy living classes supported by your generosity. From early childhood to the sunset years, the importance of learning how to feed and care for our bodies is everyone’s concern. Through the generosity of your gift, more families are adopting healthier lifestyles, receiving regular health screenings, and learning about personal safety.

Want to help others stay healthy? You can donate here:

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Can you help children with special needs in Yakima?

The gift of growing up. From updated equipment in Memorial’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to early diagnosis and treatment of special needs, you have given the incredible gift of growing up to thousands of children in our region. Your support has taught families how to work together to ensure vulnerable babies reach their fullest potential.

You can support children with special needs in Yakima:

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Virginia Mason Memorial now offers 3D mammograms

The gift of peace of mind. Virginia Mason Memorial now offers 3D mammograms, which produce a superior, enhanced view of breast tissue, greatly reducing the need for return visits for further x-rays. This advanced technology helps in identifying suspicious tissue earlier, resulting in a better treatment outcome. Your support of the mammogram scholarship fund at ‘Ohana ensures everyone has access to the new technology, no matter their financial circumstances.

You can give to support this program here:

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Helping cancer patients in Yakima

The gift of hope.  Your gifts provide for nutritionists specializing in helping cancer patients through side effects of their illness and treatment , just one of many complementary therapies for cancer patients and their families to live the best life they can during and after treatment.  The patient emergency fund helps alleviate some of the financial or transportation struggles faced daily by patients fighting cancer.

You can give to support cancer care in Yakima:

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Hospice in Yakima

The gift of comfort.  Compass care services are reaching more people than ever.  Because of your support, more licensed social workers support all of our palliative and hospice patients and their family caregivers who are struggling to cope with the uncertainties and fears of an extended or terminal illness.  Cottage in the Meadow has more rooms for patients and their families to receive the specialized, compassionate care needed at life’s end.

Learn more about Cottage in the Meadow here.

You can support Cottage in the Meadow, and other Compass Care programs and services below:

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